Birth injuries are instances of physical harm during childbirth directly caused by medical errors. There are many types of birth injuries, ranging from mild to severe. Birth injuries may cause irreversible damage.
About Birth Injuries
What is a birth injury?
A birth injury is any form of harm to a baby before, during or immediately following childbirth. Severe birth injuries can affect your child’s central nervous system, brain, senses, limbs or nerves and lead to lifelong impairment.
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What causes birth injuries?
A number of factors may cause birth injuries, such as genetic issues or accidents. Doctors or hospital staff may rush delivery or use improper medical procedures during birth and put both the mother and newborn at risk.
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How can I help my child?
If you suspect that your child suffered a birth injury, consult with a doctor first. A doctor’s diagnosis will determine what treatments and physical therapies may greatly improve your child’s quality of life depending on their particular situation.
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Understanding Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a physical condition that occurs when a baby’s oxygen supply is cut off during birth. This can affect the baby’s motor control, eating, speaking, vision and brain functions.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is caused by a lack of oxygen during birth, damaging a baby's brain. Cerebral palsy is usually brought on by fetal distress during labor or delivery, which may lead to permanent damage.
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Cerebral Palsy Symptoms
Though symptoms of cerebral palsy should not worsen over time, the condition is not curable. However, as the child grows, complications may cause muscular deterioration and other health issues.
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Understanding Erb's Palsy
Erb’s Palsy is a condition that develops when a baby’s shoulder nerves are injured during birth. This nerve damage leaves the baby with weakened control, no feeling or paralysis in their shoulder or arm.
What is Erb's Palsy?
Erb’s Palsy occurs by pulling on a baby’s shoulders or feet during birth, or if their head and neck pull to the side while the shoulders move through the birth canal. These pulling motions can cause irreversible damage.
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Erb's Palsy Symptoms
While milder cases of Erb’s Palsy heal on their own, more serious conditions require months or years of physical therapy to restore muscle movement. A doctor can give an accurate prognosis at the time of diagnosis.
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Taking care of a child with a birth injury can be emotionally draining and very costly. If your child’s injuries were due to negligent doctors, you may be entitled to compensation. Knowing your options can help you plan a course of action.
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